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The School

Hunter College High School is publicly funded and serves intellectually gifted students in grades 7 through 12. Students are admitted from public, private and parochial schools in all five boroughs of New York City. Independent of the NYC Department of Education and administered by Hunter College of the City University of New York, Hunter provides a rich and accelerated education tuition free. Hunter is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

are economically disadvantaged. Nearly 75% were either born abroad or have a parent who was.


Hunter students often comment that the schools greatest resource is other Hunter students. Along with drive and curiosity, they bring a remarkable range of talents to school. Some 60 student-created clubsincluding Quiz Bowl, satire cultural clubs and roboticsare currently chartered. The school counts actors, nationally-ranked athletes, chess masters, and even a U.S. Supreme Court Justice among its ranks. This past year alone, Hunter students have won national and regional awards for writing, debate, chemistry, engineering, math, history, chess masters, art and music composition, and performance.

Students accepted to Hunter represent the top onequarter of 1% of students in New York City, based on test scores. Just sitting for the Hunter Entrance Exam required a score above the 90th percentile on standardized verbal and math tests; of the roughly 2,500 who qualify each year, only the top 185 scorers are admitted to the 7th grade, along with about 45 students from Hunter College Elementary School. This is the sole entry point to the school. News media routinely run footage of hopeful students lined up for blocks around the test sites. It is not an overstatement to say that getting into Hunter is an achievement in itself.

Hunters high school program begins in the 8th grade. Our curriculum provides a rigorous liberal arts education, rich in all academic disciplines as well as in the performing and fine arts. All subjects are accelerated; state educational requirements are completed by 11th grade. During the 12th grade, students design a program comprised of electives, college courses, internships, and independent study. Hunters academic program is prescribed for the first three high school years. Students take English, social studies, math, science, and one of three languages (Latin, French, Spanish). Biology, chemistry and physics are required, as are music, theater and art, including both studio and history components. The depth of study often surprises outsiders. Teachers capitalize on students hunger and relatively even abilities to go beyond factual material and provoke debate. Writing is endemic to every subjectessays are assigned even in P.E. R e q u i r ed C o u r s e s

Academic Program

The Students

Total enrollment in grades 7 through 12 is about 1,200. This years graduating class of 194 mirrors the diversity of the student body as a whole. Students come from all parts of New York City and from a vast range of racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds from struggling to very wealthy. Approximately 15%

All students take honors math. Students selected for our extended honors track (indicated on transcripts as E) go in greater depth at a faster pace. Because of the demands of the E-math curriculum, students may receive grades somewhat lower than they would in our regular honors program. In 11th grade, study is limited to five courses math, English, social studies, and two electives such as International Relations, a study of Joyces Ulysses, Advanced Art History, and Physiology, all of which are unusual for a high school junior. All elective courses exceed the standard secondary-school level; most use college texts and are designed to match undergraduate offerings. Throughout their six years at Hunter, students with strong proficiency in music may also enroll in the band, orchestra, chorus, or string ensembles. These groups are selective and perform both locally and internationally. A Word on APs E lectives

Graduation Requirements
English/Communication & Theater Mathematics Social Studies Science Health Modern Language Art & Music Physical Education Electives Community Service 4.0 4.0 4.5 years 3.0

3.0 2.5 1.0

5 courses 75 hours


Our College and Ranking Policies

Hunter College High School neither ranks students, nor calculates GPAs. Distinctions between individual students are often too close to be meaningfuland in a school like ours, being in the top 10% or top quarter of the class isnt comparable to that designation in a more heterogeneous environment. Simply put, most students here work extremely hard, and their grades reflect it. The chart below reflects the grade distribution for junior year courses taken during the 2010-2011 year. Grades for course work are granted with the following designations: A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D, F.

Recognizing that Hunter students abilities exceed the expectations of the College Boards AP curricula, a few departments have eliminated AP courses recently. Because our program prevents students from taking more than two AP courses in 11th gradeand because our AP courses are not necessarily our most demanding the number of AP courses on the transcript does not measure the rigor of a Hunter students program.

Senior Year

Seniors may Students pick colleges with care also elect to they apply to just eight. substitute an internship for one or two courses through the Hunter Scholars Program. Recent settings include Rockefeller University Labs, the W Hotel, the Manhattan District Attorneys Office and several Fortune 500 companies.

With most students completing required courses by the end of 11th grade, senior year is a time to broaden and personalize study. Seniors must take a minimum of five and not more than six courses per semester, including off-campus courses at Hunter College or Columbia University (indicated as OCC on transcripts).

Hunter limits applications to eight private colleges and universities. This encourages students to carefully consider the schools to which they applyand assures colleges of a students genuine interest.

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Making the most of limited resources is something Hunter students view as a badge of honor. Perennially underfunded, the school cannot match the facilities and staffing of the private and suburban schools often labeled its peers. Space shortages limit the number of electives and sometimes result in students being denied courses they want. Money for extrastrips, student publications, specialized equipment, technology, classroom renovations depends on parent fundraising. Clubs, theatre productions, and publications are largely run by students. As teenagers in a city of eight million, Hunter students are also forced to develop life skills early on. Many commute up to three hours a day, mostly by public transportation. Because the vast majority of students are involved in activities after scheduled classes, the school day often pushes past 6PM. Finally, its Students extraordinary worth noting intellectual passions and abilities that Hunters spill out of the classroom and high-achieving into the hallways. atmosphere is its own challenge. Students who would be stars in virtually any other setting find themselves in the middle here. Interestingly, most celebrate the camaraderie of their situation rather than the competition. All of this tends to make the average Hunter student far more resourceful and independent than average.


87 men and women make up the Hunter faculty. Deeply engaged in the subjects they teach, more than 89% have advanced degrees. Many are scientists, writers, artists, and musicians in their own right. A good number come to Hunter with university-level teaching experience. Standardized Tests Class of 2012 (all exams taken prior to 9/2011) Middle 50% 680 - 780 700 - 790 710 - 800 2140 Middle 50% 670 - 760 720 - 780 700 - 800

SAT Critical Reading Math Writing Total

Mean 725 738 744 2207

Students Tested

178 Students Tested 36 39 51 8 13 8 1 4 11 39 2 7 8 1 26 10

SAT II Biology Ecology Biology Molecular Chemistry

Mean 726 737 748 788 744 705 770 745 720 771 800 737 739 760 744 739

Chinese with Listening 780 - 800 English Literature French 700 - 780 650 - 770

Hunter does not give academic or leadership awards to students until the spring of senior year. Meanwhile, students immerse themselves in a myriad of extra- and co-curricular activities. At last count, there were eight student publications, several theater groups, 60 clubs, and 22 varsity athletic teams. The Hunter United Nations Society, the Federal Reserve Challenge (economics), Mock Trial, Debate Team, Math Team, the Science Research Seminar, and the Washington Seminar allow students to pursue interests more formally. In recent years, students have won or placed in many national competitions, including Intel, Siemens Westinghouse, Scholastic Art and Writing, Random House Creative Writing, the U.S. Chess Federation, and various national subject Olympiads.

Awards, Athletics and Arts

French with Listening 770 - 770 Latin Math Level I Math Level II Modern Hebrew Physics Spanish 730 - 760 680 - 750 770 - 800 800 - 800 640 - 800 710 - 760

Spanish with Listening 760 - 760 U.S. History World History 720 - 780 690 - 800

63 members of the Class of 2011 (33%) were National Merit or national Achievement Scholarship Semifinalists.

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College Matriculation for the Class of 2011

College Amherst College Barnard College Binghamton University Boston College Boston University Bowdoin College Brooklyn College of the CUNY Brown University Bryn Mawr College University of California at Berkeley University of California at Los Angeles Carleton College Carnegie Mellon University University of Chicago Colorado College Columbia University University of Connecticut Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science Cornell University Dartmouth College Duke University Emerson College George Washington University Hamilton College - New York Harvard University Harvey Mudd College Johns Hopkins University The Juilliard School Lehigh University Macaulay Honors College at CUNY Massachusetts Institute of Technology University of Massachusetts, Amherst McGill University Number Attending 6 1 6 2 3 1 1 6 1 1 1 1 2 5 1 12 1 1 14 3 5 1 4 2 3 1 2 1 2 5 2 1 1 College University of Miami University of Michigan Mount Holyoke College NY Institute of Technology - Old W New York University Northwestern University Oberlin College Pennsylvania State University (University Pk) University of Pennsylvania Princeton University Purchase College Reed College Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Savannah College of Art and Design Skidmore College Smith College University of Southern California St. John's University Stanford University Stony Brook University SUNY College at Geneseo Swarthmore College The University of Texas, Austin Tufts University Vanderbilt University Vassar College University of Vermont University of Virginia Washington University in St. Louis Wesleyan University College of William and Mary Williams College Yale University Number Attending 2 3 1 1 12 6 3 1 4 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 5 1 6 3 3 1 2 1 4 1 1 1 4 1 3 9

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